The Random Writings of Rachel: Sunglasses and Fame

Sunglasses and Fame


It was a Friday. I was wearing sunglasses. I was dressed like I am in the photo above:

Now, you need to know that when I do wear my sunglasses, I pretty much wear them for the whole day, because they are prescription, and therefore both rather expensive (I don't want to lose them by putting them down somewhere) and also rather useful--if I take them off when I go inside a building, I feel like I can't see at all.

All that to say, if I'm wearing my sunglasses for the day, I'm probably going to wear them inside. You may judge me for that, that's your choice. People always seem to get a little snotty about folks who wear sunglasses inside, and I agree, it can look pretty funny!

It just so happened, as it frequently does, that on this particular day, I stopped to use a public restroom, and upon exiting the stall, I was accosted by two teenage girls by the sinks who said, "You're not famous are you?!! You really look like you could be someone famous and you're trying to hide your identity with those glasses. Are you sure you're not someone famous? Come on, you can tell us!"

I just laughed, and shook my head at all possible theories involving fame, and when I was done washing my hands they told me, "Bye! It was really nice meeting you!" as I left the restroom.

It was hilarious.

Now, looking back on the incident, I realize I had three possible ways to respond to the accusation of fame:

1) Tell them that yes, actually, I am famous, I am _____, with the blank being filled in by the name of an A-lister who I could vaguely resemble. Although I can't think of anyone. Anyone have suggestions of a petite, pale-skinned, brunette with brown eyes star who I could slightly believably claim to be next time? The benefit to this response is that for the rest of their lives, these two girls would have a story to tell of the time they met _____ in a public bathroom--and I do love a good story, don't you?

2) Tell them that I'm actually Rachel G., blogger of international fame, and hand them my business card. I'd say that I sometimes get recognized a little too often due to how many times my outfits are pinned on Pinterest, hence the sunglasses.

3) The final option is the most truthful, and the one I took. It involves a lot of smiling, laughing, saying, "Oh no, I'm no one famous, it's just really sunny outside, you know!"

Now you know, if you want to increase your fame, wear sunglasses, especially indoors.

P.S. The next day, Angel saw a dead ringer for Luke Bryan eating alone at Panda Express. He wanted to go tell the guy he looked like Luke Bryan (Is it weird for a guy to tell another guy that he looks like a man with a reputation for looking very attractive?) but I convinced him not to based on my recent experience with fame. Sometimes the celebrities just want to go to the bathroom or eat their fake Chinese food in peace, you know?

29 comments:

  1. I was going to say you could maybe pass off as Audrey Tautou in Amelie, but realised she's now 37 so that definitely won't work. I think saying you're a famous blogger could be a good medium :)

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  2. Option one definitely. I think you resemble Christina Ricci a bit. If she had curlier hair. Option two would do in a pinch as well!

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  3. Awesome!!! You SO should have played it off that you were famous!!

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  4. Option 2 is hilarious and cheeky, and you should do that next time! :)

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  5. I vote Winona Ryder. Of course, is she still famous?

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  6. Number two is awesome! Such a funny story!

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  7. Or you could have ran away while shielding your face and screaming, "No pictures please! I deserve my privacy! I'm not a role model!" Now all you need is a bear bodyguard.

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  8. Bahahahahhaha... Angel DEFINITELY should've taken a pic of the Luke Bryan look alike. You can't have too many of those in the world! ;p

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  9. Ha! I would also say Audrey, except that as Erica said, she's much older than you!

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  10. I agree you could have pretended to be some famous international star...so much more fun! Great story.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  11. I would have done exactly what you did because I would have been too wimpy to pretend to be a celebrity. However, it would be funny to make up a band and pretend to be the star. Like, "Have you ever heard the band 'Rachel And The Radish Farmers'? We recently played at the Monroe County Fair. That's probably where you recognize me from!"

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  12. haha, this story is wonderful :) i think you should have gone with option #2 - blogger of international fame :)

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  13. I say go with number 2. Yes, famous blogger!

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  14. Blogger of international fame!! Because technically, you already are, and will be even more so soon after you move...An American blogger living in China with fans all over Europe, Asia and the Americas!! Now you just need a head scarf to complete the ensemble!

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  15. I second Sage's advice. Hilarious! That really is too funny. Maybe they still think you were famous and just lying to them about it to protect your identify.

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  16. This is hilarious! At least you know you were looking really cool:) You are pretty famous with your blog, so you could have easily said the second option:) I'll keep your advice in mind the next time I see someone I think is a celebrity. Hope you're having a great day!

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  17. I don't know, Rachel. I think you should have gone with the second option. I mean, you know they would have pulled out their phones instantly and began looking for your blog! As for approaching celebrities...my husband and I live in the city of Duck Dynasty. It is nothing to see one of the Robertson's in a local store. In fact, a few months ago, we were in Bed, Bath, and Beyond waiting in line. The store manager walked up and offered to check us out in the next line. It was when we were checking out that Justin pointed out we had been standing behind Mrs. Kay and her daughter in law. I spent the rest of the trip looking away to give them their privacy, while my husband kept saying "Mrs. Kay was right there, Paige!". It's a big deal to see them, but it just seems more respectful to leave them alone and let them go about their business as usual. :)

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  18. I do sort of laugh when I see people wear sunglasses inside. I always want to ask if they think they are Bono or something.

    I'd have told the girls I was famous and just left. ;)

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  19. Dude, that's absolutely hilarious and awesome! I'd probably panic and be like no-no-no, totally not famous but... man, if I was quick enough on my feet, I would have totally pretended and made up some snazzy famousperson name, like... like Claire Lamoure. Oh yes. I am Claire Lamoure, a model recently featured recently in Elle Magazine. DUDETHISWOULDBEFUN!

    I'm getting carried away. I don't think it's weird for people to weird sunglasses indoors because prescription sunnies are a thing and my mom does it all the time so I'm used to it, bahaha. XD That dress is absolutely adorable, though. It's like cute toothpaste, but a dress. That was definitely a compliment.

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  20. That's so funny :). Your sunglasses are super cute though and this outfit is quite fabulous!

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  22. What are the odds?? That must have made your day... :)

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  23. Another hilarious story Rachel! For one I LOVE your pic with the glasses you have that cool vibe there, totally cool pass up like a celebrity ( I like the younger version of Audrey Tautou idea from the first comment actually) or you could always go with no 2 and totally make those girls search you like crazy on google - both viable options :-))) XOXO, Elif
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  24. I always enjoy your writings! I like #2 or your can make up some sad story and make them feel bad for asking :)

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  25. First off--- I think your outfit- sunglasses and all- is so cute! Second, I think you should have claimed blogger celebdom--- create your own hype! :)

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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  26. Oh I love number 3!!! I'm going to wear my sunglasses all day today so I can use that line!

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  27. Haha well you are so cute and I loved your outfit, so no wonder they thought you were a celeb!

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